Hafan y Mor Holiday Park Pwllheli North Wales.
Day 1 – 13th March 2014.
It’s Hammerfest weekend, YIPPEE, fuelled by sheer excitement and anticipation for the weekend ahead, we made an early start to what can only be described as our annual pilgrimage to the mecca of metal, Hammerfest held in Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales..
Notice I say we, as thankfully this year, I managed to acquire a hitchhiker or better described as a travel companion, who helped to elevate the boredom that I usually encounter travelling some four hours to North Wales. For the purpose of this review, she shall be named Earache…..who came bearing gifts for our journey, Savage Messiah’s new album “The Fateful Dark” which, while listening to it several times over only fuelled our excitement further, not only for their set, but for the rest of the weekends acts that lay ahead.
Over the course of the weekend, I managed to speak with many of the HRH/Hammerfest faithful, to get their opinion on all aspects of this festival. To sum up, many, if not all still hold the original site for this festival, which used to be held in Prestatyn, a much better venue, for access and travelling too, for the stages and how they were set up, for the indoor market, where you buy all your merchandise from and for the food you could get on site. The only aspect that scored higher, here in Pwllheli, is the accommodation. I never attended Hammerfest in its original location, so I can’t possibly comment, but this is what I discovered and thought I’d share, as I found it very interesting.
This review is going to concentrate on what I saw only, as I was busy conducting interviews most of the weekend WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE as personally, I missed a lot of the acts that made up Hammerfest VI. I will, however give you an idea of who was hot and what is of any significance. I did have a man in the field, taking pictures on my behalf, who did however do a stealing job at taking some images, which can be found HERE.
On arrival, as always, we were greeted by the lovely PR girls that work so hard to make this event possible, and for whom we are truly grateful for. As usual, they put a smile on my face, but this time, I’m hoping the large quantity of vodka I gave them as a thank you from us here at www.music224.com helped to put a smile on their faces for a change.
The official start time for the festival was 5pm and kicking off this years festival were SKAM, a band for Leicester, which is only a stones throw away from me, and who, up until now, were not on my radar but after that performance, I’ll be looking out for them again. They were a great opening act, who hit us hard in the face with their groovin hard rock flavour.
Next up, were a band we had been tipped to look out for by other media types, and who already know as a great band, Fury, from Worcester.
I was happy to see them on this years bill as they are a great live band, which was confirmed when they “dropped’” their cover of Drunken Sailor and got everyone in the place dancing an irish jig, linking arms and dancing around in circles – great to see and helped to keep the party atmosphere going. We are keeping our eyes peeled on this lot, as their debut full length album is on the horizon, so check out our interview to find out more!
I missed both Anihilated and Death Valley Knights sets, so apologies for that, but I did manage to see a band that excites me greatly, Savage Messiah. They are such a great live band, so tight live and who always give 110% and that’s sure to get you feeling good! With their new album now available to buy, the set did feature quite a few tracks from it, which Dave Silver (lead vocals/guitar) helped us understand more by giving us a short synopsis before each track.
I can honestly say, as did so many others who I spoke to over the weekend, Savage Messiah are a band going places, they will be big, how big, that remains to be seen but they are great guys, very level headed and you can find out more about the band in our interview.
Finishing off the first day was Tragedy, a rock/metal glam cover band to ABBA, who were very entertaining. Their outfits were very colourful and they were very funny to listen to, watch and were enjoyed by all, even if it was ABBA covers!
Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)